About Us

Welcome to the beat of the Seattle Civic Band!

Under the steady baton of Jo-Ann Christen, the Seattle Civic Band has entertained Puget Sound audiences with lively, varied programs of concert band music for 24 years. We began with 12 players, and are currently close to 50 members, a diverse group of musicians of all ages and occupations.

As a recreational musical ensemble, we strive to grow musically each quarter, challenge ourselves with music of all eras and styles, and meet the needs of each particular audience we perform for or entertain. We have played at a variety of venues, including Folk Life Festival, opening evening of Boating Season, Seattle Waterfront concert series, Wallingford Wurst Festival, Benaroya Nordstrom Hall, the Norse Home and many other retirement communities.

Our favorite performance is July 4th at the Ballard Locks featuring guest musicians, new and old classics, and culminating in a rousing selection of patriotic music.

We hope you will join us for one of our concerts or as a member.

Our history

George BensonGeorge Benson co-founded the Seattle Civic Band with Jo-Ann Christen. At that time, Mr. Benson was serving on the City Council of Seattle in his final term. George had played Baritone in the Husky Band as a student, and continued to perform with the Husky Alumni Band of the University of Washington, Seattle campus, for many years.

After his retirement from the City Council, he joined the Seattle Civic Band as a member on Baritone and played until the last months of his life. He loved music and the Band experience. With his help, the Seattle Civic Band was partly sponsored by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation and made its home at the time (1989) at the new Ballard Community Center, for 21 years. The band became known as “The Mayor’s Own” during that time.

We are so grateful for Councilman Benson’s interest and assistance in starting the Seattle Civic Band, a community band of musical service to the city of Seattle.